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Associated Food Stores Debuts Data Synchronization

SALT LAKE CITY -- Associated Food Stores, Inc. here has made the move to data synchronization, in a bid to clean up the data pool its shares with hundreds of independent retail accounts.

"While Associated Food Stores encompasses the interests of nearly 600 independent retailers, we are all united when it comes to the issue of incorrect supply chain information, said Rich Parkinson, Associated Food Stores' c.e.o. "Data synchronization will eliminate costly errors, allow us to improve the way we conduct business with our suppliers, and, most importantly, help our retailers better serve their customers."

Associated is working with 1SYNC, the newly-combined UCCnet-Transora organization, as its service provider. The services will enable Associated Food Stores to improve the accuracy of the information exchanged between its retailers and suppliers and achieve greater efficiency in key business processes. 1SYNC said it will work with Associated and its suppliers to begin the onboarding process, so that the wholesaler can quickly and efficiently begin synchronizing data.

1SYNC, a subsidiary of GS1 US (formerly known as the Uniform Code Council), supports more than 4,000 subscribers in a wide range of verticals, including grocery, general merchandise retail, alcoholic beverages, hardlines, office supplies, and the automotive aftermarket. 1SYNC is also a certified data pool in the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), a global, multi-sector initiative designed to help companies and their trading partners address the costly issue of incorrect supply chain data.

The GDSN connects data pools around the world through a centralized information depository called the GS1 Global Registry. Utilizing a certified GDSN data pool, subscriber companies register product and location information, which is then checked for errors and compliance to industry-accepted standards. The "clean" information is then synchronized and made available to their trading partners, ensuring that they are exchanging and using up-to-date, standards-compliant data.
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